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July 10 2014

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Nouveau Bauhaus in London

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The Bauhaus movement celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, and Cooperative Designs partners Annalisa Dunn and Dorothee Hagemann chose to mark the occasion by turning to the storied school for inspiration this season. The duo’s presentation at London fashion week, where they are the recipients of one of this season’s NEWGEN sponsorships, drew on the work of Gunta Stölzl, the only woman to become a Bauhaus master. “We were studying her piece The Five-Chord Weave,” explained Hagemann, who is a Berlin native. “We really wanted to capture her sense of pattern.” Dunn and Hagemann translated Stölzl’s graphic aesthetic into their signature knitwear for Spring, working with couture weaver Juliet Hulme to create intricate items like a cropped, multicolor cardigan that seems to turn to paper along the sleeves, and adding machine-woven knits to the range for the first time. “I think this collection is a lot more sophisticated,” noted Hagemann. “And as we refine the clothes, Annalisa and I felt it was important to add more dimension, in terms of texture.” There’s certainly no missing the texture of a pair of long shorts tufted in over-dyed denim yarn—one of the pieces Hulme helped Cooperative Designs to create, but on first glance, what really pops in the collection are Dunn and Hagemann’s bold innovations with black and white stripe. “Bauhaus has always been a huge inspiration for us, in terms of pattern and print,” Hagemann points out. “It seemed right to take the influence further this year.”

Photo: Courtesy of Cooperative Designs

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